BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Forty Hours on Makin

The night of August 17, when the Marines landed on Makin Island, was dark and rainy. The surf was high. Captain James N. M. Davis of Evanston, Ill. lost his pants in the waves. Major James Roosevelt of Washington, second in command to Lieut. Colonel Evans F. Carlson, cut his left index finger on a piece of coral. But the Marines, their faces and hands daubed green to blend with the foliage, all got ashore.

First on the beach was Lieut. Wilfred S. Le-François of Watertown, N.Y., with his assault detachment. He and his men had 20 quiet minutes on...

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